My Turn: Hawaii should learn from its rich history

The stars have been a constant companion to oceanic explorers since they left their island homeland in Taiwan 3,000 years ago. Searching for new island homes, they used their location within the tropics to devise a star compass to orientate their canoes while they sailed and an immense vault of stored memory to document orally the direction in which discoveries lay.

Obenski column: End of childhood diseases was in sight

In the good old days, life expectancy was shorter than today. A few humans did live to be 100, very few. What was more important was the number of premature deaths from such “natural causes” as cancer, diarrhea, pneumonia, polio, typhoid fever, cholera, heart attack, small pox, and childhood diseases like mumps, measles, rubella, chicken pox.